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I don’t believe in coincidence. Karma, yes. Fate, yes. Coincidence, no.

This is especially true in medicine. If you are trapped for hours in an airplane full of hacking, sneezing passengers, it’s really not coincidence that you come down with a cold or the flu within a week. If you step outside in the spring or fall and start sneezing, it’s probably not a coincidence (it’s seasonal allergies). So when, in the midst of a major flare, I had a  weird rash show up near my already swollen and tender left elbow, I immediately assumed the outbreak was associated with the flare.

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